Health district administering bivalent COVID-19 boosters

Clark County residents aged 12 and over are eligible to receive the new bivalent COVID-19 booster shots authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The new bivalent boosters are made by Moderna and Pfizer, and both target the two main Omicron variants, BA.4 and BA.5, and the original COVID-19 strain.

Clark County Combined Health District assistant health commissioner Chris Cook and director of nursing Christina Conover updated the community about the vaccines during the health district’s weekly COVID-19 update. The health district began administering the update boosters earlier this week.

People who are 12 years and older and have waited two months since completing their primary series or their last booster are eligible for the bivalent vaccine, according to the CDC.

The health district has been administering the boosters by appointment only and can be reached at 937-390-5600 to schedule an appointment.

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The health district has seen a high demand for the bivalent boosters so far, Conover said, and the supply of the boosters is limited, Conover said.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience as we navigate these first few weeks,” she said.

Conover said area pharmacies are also getting ready to roll out the bivalent boosters, too.

As of Friday, roughly 51.6% of Clark County’s population has completed its vaccine series, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

Roughly 233 new COVID-19 cases were reported to the Clark County Combined Health District this week, with transmission of the virus remaining at a “medium” level locally.

This week’s new case total is up from last week’s total of 220.

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Clark County on Sept. 1 was dropped to a “medium” COVID-19 transmission level. The CDC designations are based on the number of new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people in the past week, new COVID hospital admissions and the percent of staffed inpatient hospital beds occupied by coronavirus patients.

In Clark County, 8 new COVID-19 hospitalizations per 100,000 were reported over the past several days. The county’s positivity rate sits at less than 14%.

Residents of counties with a “medium” level of transmission should stay up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccines, get tested if they have symptoms and consider wearing a facemask in public spaces, particularly if residents are at high-risk for severe illness, according to the CDC.

Since the pandemic’s start, 39,558 cases of the virus have been reported in Clark County.

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